Professor Lori Damrosch joined the Columbia faculty in 1984. From 1984 to 1989 she was an associate professor at the School of International and Public Affairs. Her principal areas of interest are public international law and the U.S. law of foreign relations. She is named the Henry L. Moses Professor of Law and International Organization.

Her publications include International Law: Cases and Materials, 4th edition with Pugh Henkin (Schachter and Smit 2001); Enforcing International Law through Non-Forcible Measures (Hague Academy of International Law 1997); Beyond Confrontation: International Law for the Post–Cold War Era, which she edited with Gennady M. Danilenko and Rein Mullerson (Westview Press 1995); Enforcing Restraint: Collective Intervention in Internal Conflicts, which she edited (Council on Foreign Relations Press 1993); Law and Force in the New International Order, which she edited with David J. Scheffer (Westview Press 1991); and The International Court of Justice at a Crossroads, which she edited (Transnational Publishers 1987).

Professor Damrosch has been very active outside Columbia. She was a resident fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace (1995–96). She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Department of State Advisory Committee on International Law, and numerous international law and human rights organizations. She was the organizer of U.S.-Soviet (later U.S.-Russian) research project on international law for the American Society of International Law (A.S.I.L.). She served as A.S.I.L.'s vice president between 1996 and 1998, and has been a counselor of A.S.I.L. since 2001. In April 2003 she was appointed editor-in-chief of the American Journal of International Law, of which she has been a member of the board of editors since 1991, for a five-year term. She will serve with coeditor Bernard H. Oxman of the University of Miami.

She received her BA from Yale University in 1973, which was followed by a JD in 1976. After obtaining her law degree, Lori Damrosch clerked with Judge Jon O. Newman (1976–77). She served in the Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (through 1980) with responsibilities including European and Canadian affairs, international antitrust, aviation, and trade. In addition, she was a special assistant to the legal adviser in 1980. From 1981 to 1984 she was an associate with Sullivan and Cromwell